Epilepsy may take a greater toll on poor patients, study suggests

03/2/2011 | HealthDay News

Low-income patients with epilepsy had a 2.2- to 3.9-fold increased risk of uncontrolled seizures and 4.9- to 16.3-fold increased risk of drug-related side effects compared with more affluent counterparts, a one-year study found. Poor epileptic patients also had more emergency department visits and consultations with their providers as well as a poorer overall quality of life, researchers reported in the journal Epilepsia.

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